The Writer

The coffee shop is dimly lit, shadows dancing gracefully among the periphery. The atmosphere is thick, a comforting pressure on the mind. Creativity hangs in the air like smoke, and there, nestled in a far corner, he sits: the Writer. His chestnut hair glowing softly in the manufactured Twilight. He sits alone — not lonely […]

Should It Blend?

It’s Halloween season again. A time for pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, and discussions about what is cultural appropriation or not. On October 31st, kids (and adults) all over the US and other countries will be donning costumes, trick-or-treating, and attempting to scare each other for fun. A truly magical time. But every year, a conversation […]

Why I Fight

This is going to be a little different than my other posts, but I think it’s important. I’ve been asked a lot lately, “Why are you fighting so hard? Why write all these articles and try so hard to change a system that can’t possibly change?” And the long and short of it is this: […]

A Uniquely American Problem

How does this keep happening? In a nation so quick to ban bomb-making materials and parking in front of federal buildings to prevent an admittedly rare occurrence, how have we not made it more difficult to commit mass murder? A mass shooting is defended as a shooting in which a gunman shoots or kills 4 […]

Passing White

What do you do when your history and heritage are kept from you and you feel like you have no community? How do you cope when you are cast out and those ostracized beside you view you as an outsider? I am Hispanic. Mi Abuelo was born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and I […]

Who I Am

Self-invention is something everyone goes through at some point. For most, it’s the adolescent experiment of puberty that usually plays host to such an intimate action. But for some – for me – it can happen much later. “Who am I?” is a powerful question that begs an answer. In fact, such a question is […]

Let’s Talk: Racism

And once again, dear reader, we find ourselves in the aftermath of a tragic event that creates more offense and bigotry than positive social change. And once again, I find myself having to write about something that should, in my opinion, be rather cut-and-dry. But, before we get into it here, can we please take […]

Let’s Talk: Pride

Oh man, oh gosh, oh boy. This is a contentious debate and yet again, I find myself having feelings that are so complicated for an issue that is so simple. Let’s begin. The internet is up in arms today over #HeterosexualPrideDay with fighters on both sides. Many are saying that we should be “all inclusive” […]